Updated Dec, 5th 2012
Seattle's International District is made up of three distinct neighborhoods - Chinatown, Japantown, and Little Saigon. While it doesn't offer the dense, thriving, and vibrant exprience that many cities' Chinatowns do (NYC and SF come to mind), it is nevertheless one of the more lively neighborhoods in town. When I first moved here a little more than two years ago, I was at once struck both by the ID's strong cultural energy as well as the overwhelming amount of crime that occurs here on a daily basis literally right outside my kitchen window. In spite of this, more and more of the old vacant buildings down here are being converted into affordable apartments. New restaurants are moving in. Art venues and museums are opening up. And a new streetcar line is about to provide a direct connection between the ID and what is arguably Seattle's best (or, at the very least, most famous) neighborhood - Capitol Hill.
The ID is sketchy, yes. But it is a work in progress. I ultimately would like for the logo I create to reflect that.
While I'm working on some sketches, here's a few things I did in a drawing class a couple years ago - the majority of my work that quarter was based on my reaction to my first few months of living here.
Additionally, here's a link to a video I made about the Public Art in the ID for another class last spring. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tN6HUz2MjpA